tv Lou Dobbs Tonight FOX Business January 21, 2013 7:00pm-8:00pm EST
this admission put him in the headlines, and many could be curious about the life and times of the cyclist before coming clean writing books. you have seen them, some proclaiming him the world's greatest champion. they are found in your neighborhood library, but they may not be where you thought. an australian library moved them to the fiction section. despite being about the fight against cancer, the librarian says they are no longer non-fiction due to the lies. hell has no fury like a librarian. the actual definition is fiction is famed, invented, or imagined, a made up story. look, i say it if walks like a duck, smells like a duck, talks like a duck, you get what i mean here. that's my two cents more. it's fiction, my friends. that's all for tonight's willis report. tomorrow, start of obama's administration's second term. chris horner joins me on the lack of transparaphernalia sigh
of the first term. what's that mean for the next four years? also, house leadership on the debt ceiling, what's the next move there? former white house economic adviser todd buckles will be with us. thank you for watching. see you right back here tomorrow. have a good night. ♪ lou: good evening, everyone. president obama today delivered his second and final inauguration speech in front of an estimated crowd of a million people. nearly half of the 1.8 million who saw the president's swearing in back in 2009. president obama marking the occasion, pushing the liberal concept of more government taking campaign style jabs at his political opponents all the while. >> progress is not compel us to settle, century's long debates about the role of government for all time, but it does require us
to act in our time. [applause] for now, decisions are upon us. we can want afford delay. we can want mistake absolutism for principle. substitute speck tack kl for politics or treat name calling for reasoned debate. [applause] we must act. we must act knowing that our work will be unperfect. we must act knowing that today's victoryings will -- victories are only partial. lou: the president sounded like he was checking off a list touching a wide array of concepts and goals. the president vowing to take up climate change after ignoring the subject for the past five years and promising to continue the purr institute of
alternative energy after highly public failures. the president showed support for voting blocked that helped gain relexes, support for immigration reform and gay rights. mention of entitlements was followed by a campaign-style dig at his former opponent, mitt romney, and conservative lawmakers. >> the commitments we make to each other through medicaid, med cash, social security, these things do not sap our initiative. they strengthen us. [applause] they do not make us a nation of takers. they free us to take the risks that make this country great. lou: president obama seemed to return to the class warfare campaign rhetoric equating freedom with financial success. diminishing the fact that folks work hard for success. >> for we remember the lessons of the past when twilight years
were spent in poverty and parents of the child with a disability had nowhere to turn. we do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the lucky or happyiness for the few. lou: president obama a day into the four-year term. the inauguration is covered here tonight from all angles. republican of texas joining us, the a-team and monica youley along with the pulitzer prize winning journalist, judy, and joining us here today, and president obama ice second inauguration falling on the martin luther king holiday. the symbolism not lost on the president as he navigated through l pomp and circumstance of the occasion to give a glimtion of the progressive agenda if the next four years. white house correspondent ed henry has the report. >> for president obama, plenty of differences from four years
ago. he's grayer, weather warmer, crowd smaller, and the oath of office had no slip ups. this time, he was more aggressive in using his inaugural address to reprize the central message of the campaign making it clear he believes he has a mandate. >> for weeks, the people understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do well and a growing many barely make it. >> reporter: the nation's first african-american president sworn in for a second term on the martin luther king jr. holiday leaning on the words of king and lincoln. >> through blood drawn by lash and sword, we learn no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half slave and half free. >> casting himself in the mold of the great civil rights leader, vowed action on a series of issues from climate change to immigration reform and became the first president to use the word "gay" in the address.
>> our gurn noi are not complete until wives, daughters, can earn a wage equal to their efforts. our journey is not complete until our gay brother and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. >> he offered a bigger defense of entitlement programs. >> we must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit, but we reject the belief america has to choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. >> like every president since fdr, mr. obama started it with a prayer service at st. johns church before departing the white house for one of the longest motorcades known to man for the ride to the capitol. ♪ oh beautiful >> a star-studded affair where else will paul ryan mingle with
beyonce who belted out the national anthem. when the ceremony was over, there was a sed di stream of pomp and circumstance waiting. >> secretary of state, -- >> from signing papers to lunch with congressional leaders, and then, of course, the parade. the first family could make their way back to the white house in that grand bullet proof review stand. all of that could wait because before leaving the west front. capitol, the president decided to go off self-incriminate and take in the vista of the national mall. mr. obama also seemed to be taking in the moment, overheard saying he would never quite see this view again. as a president gets ready to try to sell the agenda in the state of the union address next month, it's worth noting that gallop is out today with the average of the approval ratings for the first term. he had the third worst numbers since world war ii, only better than carter and ford.
although, it's also worth noting that the two presidents ahead of him, clinton and reagan, had some rough spots in the second term, but also got a lot down. lou? lou: thank you very much. joining us now, the a-team, author of "what the bleep just happened," judy miller, michael goodwin, and all three fox news contributors. good to have you with us. monica, start with, first, ed henry reported, president, aggressively progressive. if that's the word to use, a strong leftist tone throughout. >> yes, no big surprise. if anybody were under the illusion somehow the president was a secret moderate or wanted to reach across the aisle, work across the party, concerned about legacy building bridges to the opposition, it should have been disabused of 24 notion as
of the speech. it was a heartless speech. no mystery about who barack obama is, what he believes, what he has done with the nation over the last four years, and what he intends to do over the next four. lou: your take? >> well, surely, monica, you cannot be surprised by who barack obama is. he has doubled down on the you didn't build this theme. that is we all built this collectively we are great. if we're note taking anything, we are being freed to excel. i think this is what his base wanted to hear, what the people who elected him wanted to hear. he's tired of trying to make nice nice with the congress. he wanted to say what he believes. lou: are you saying to hell with republicans is what was in his mind? to hell with half of the country that didn't vote for him? >> this is his vision of the country. i think he wants to be the liberal answer to reagan. >> michael? >> well, if he's tired of working with congress, he didn't have the energy to start with then because he didn't try very hard, and this did strike me,
lou, as a kind of joyless event today. i mean, there was a -- of course he's somewhat somber, sort of transfer of power, queue you know in herely, but in reality, there was a scolding tone to a lot of this speech, and it's just this america has failed, america has not lived up to these ideals. that's the undercurrent. i mean, i find that disheartening because i think this is the greatest country, and for him to lecture us we're not good enough, it's demoralizing. lou: it -- your comment about joy, not much of it was evident to me either. there were pictures of the president chewing gum in the review stand. you know, maybe i'm a bit of a prig on this sort of thing, but it was -- it was belter than him smoking dpsh probably what he wanted. >> exactly, which is what he really wanted to do.
>> he was really startling to see it. going through the rhetoric with you, and get the audience's reaction as well. here's quotes i want to go to from the president today. while the truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing. now, i don't know what the man is paying his speech writers, but that's -- he needs a refund on a portion of the salaries. >> yeah. lou: it makes truth sound suicidal. i mean, what -- what in the world is that? then he turns to lincoln saying through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned no union foundedded on the principles liberty and quality could survive half slived and free, made ourselves a new and vowed to move forward together.
i don't know about you, you i was stunned by that. here's the man he says he is and acts like a fan of abraham lincoln, and he doesn't give our president, abraham lincoln, the credit for having save the union. you know, he doesn't acknowledge the saves in the country in 1860, there was not an uprising. the north liberated, freed those slave, and president lincoln led the way. in somewhere surely, there's not to be an impulse to be right with history. >> remember, lou, he's a far left ideology believing america is the root of evil, not just at home, but abroad. it is a very, i think, pathological ideology, and that's where you see the joy with him. previous presidents worked their
entire lives to get to the white house. once they got there, they relished the job. they loved the constitution. they loved what america represented. you don't get that sense from this president. lou: we don't get that sense, nor do we see great reference. he spoke to me, judy, as a man who sees himself apart rather than the beneficiary or the heir to the american experience. to american values, and all the sacrifices gone before. i think -- the acknowledgement that 360,000 yiewn your -- union soldiers died to free the slaves. whatever he harbors, some historical resentment, should be halved by the nobility, the unique nobility in a country in which the people turned to their own citizens and fought them to the death, a great sacrifice to free saves, to make good a terrible wrong.
do you not see this in this? >> lou, i see it differently. it's the first african-american president. he doesn't talk about that because it's obviously just standing in front of you what he represents. lou: no, no, it's obvious to all of us. it's about what is obvious to him, judying and what's of to him, and we have to take this up further with the -- bring you back here in this hour to further examine this issue in a great deal more. monica, judith, and michael will return. we'll have much more on the president's inauguration, policy goals for the second term of his presidency, and we examine them throughout the broadcast. president obama sworn in on bible's used by abraham lincoln and martin luther king, but is the president using a scriptures to unite or divide? author and professor of religion at boston university, steven,
lou: house republicans trying to pressure senate democrats to pass a budget. for the first time in almost four years. now, the republicans have up vailed a bill to suspend the debt limit with a vote set for as early as wednesday. details of that legislation include this -- suspension of the debt ceiling for three months. on the 19th of may, the debt limit increases from $16.4 trillion to accommodate additional raring the treasury
requires r and bills withholes the pay of lawmakers if congress fails to pass a budget by the 15th of april putting the money in escrow to comply with the 27th amendment of the constitution. joining us now is congressman gomert, vice chair of the subcommittee on crime, terrorism, and homeland security, and republican of texas. good to have you with us. first your impression before we turn to the debt limit of the president's inaugural address. >> well, lou, he started out great, quoting from the declaration from our founding documents, you know, endowed by the creator with certain inalienable rights saying that although they were self-evident, they are not self-executing as you pointed out earlier. now, as a lawyer, that sounds okay in court, you know, talking about the self-executing will or affidavit, but i'm afraid for those of us listening to an
inaugural, it was more rem necessary sent of lincoln saying we will live -- america, talking about the country, will live through all time or die by suicide will be self-excuting. there's things in the speech that made my think, perhaps, that's the path he's going. when he talks about, you know, we can no longer have a rich few make it and the others have, many having difficulty barely making it. look, he's done more to help the rich get richer and the poor get poorer than any president i recall in the lifetime than looking at stats that i have before. he's been arrogant at times. i hate to say it, but sometimes dismissive, even deer risessive, and those comments were in this. lou, the best thing about the speech, and i made the note because he said we cannot
mistake absolutism for principle or politics or treat name calling as reasoned debate. thank you, president. i think now we'll have four years of peace he's not calling republicans names for a change. i was so glad that was in the speech. lou: i'm sure that will be reciprocated immediately by the g.o.p.. let's turn to the debt ceiling -- >> oh, we have a debt problem? lou: republicans make a a move to ends the nonsense. i hope you tell me tonight there's no discussion by the republicans whatsoever of shutting down the government, that this is going to stay positive and move forward. >> all i want is spending under control. that's what we campaigned on because we are bankrupting this nation. we cannot continue on this path. lou: congressman, we talked for years. >> sure.
lou: i have heard that speech to the point that it makes me think you don't realize while you're in the majority, conservative republicans -- >> thank you. lou: that you don't realize fully that you're in a majority of a house that is only one-third of government. >> oh, listen, i get it, but nothing that raises revenue, nothing that provides money to any part of our government gets there unless the majority in the house pass it. lou: right. >> lou, that's leverage to bring spending under control. we've just finished two years where every fight we came up to, we were told, you know what? this is probably not the best place for the fight, but now the next cr, that's where we are going to fight. you know what? the cr is not the best place. do the debt ceiling, the next one so at some point we have got to use leverage we have to bring this spending down and to actually make the president do
what he said in the speech. lou: perhaps ag agree vat, you have the leverage in point of fact to pressure the senate to move towards a budget. you have the -- >> no -- lou: do you still have the leverage to say no? >> there's not a bigger windmill we're jousting at. i cashed out everything other than my house in the i way of assets to run for congress. i made sacrifices in income to become a judge when we needed one in tyler, texas, and now i'm told that we are going to give the pour to the senate -- lou: who is telling you that? >> to determine whether or not house members get paid. lou: congressman, who is telling you that? who is telling you that? >> our leadership has said, and there was people in the conference that want to do that. they said, hey, pass a law that says we don't get paid if everybody in the house and senate doesn't pass a budget.
i'm going you're going to give the mill naivers club down in the senate the authority to decide whether or not we get paid in the house? lou: there are a few millionaires, congressman, and i know -- >> in the house, there are. there sure are. i'm proud for nancy pelosi. lou: we are out of time. we have a hard break coming. >> sure. lou: i love talking to you, conk #* congressman, or listening, but we have a hard out. is this debt deal being proposed now to vote on wednesday, it looks like, are youssef mejri going to support it? will it prevail? will it work? >> not without spending cuts. not without a balanced budget amendment, something more than kicking the can down the road. lou: oh, sounds like we slipped back a ways there. congressman, good talking with you. appreciate it. come back soon, and we'll follow your progress. >> thank you. lou: congressman, one of the terrific folks on capitol hill.
now, to the weekend box office. it was dominated by movies featuring actress jessica chastain, the horror film "mama," sorry to laugh, but it's a film named "mama," brought in $28.5 million. who -- i mean, you can't argue with the market, can you? she also took second place with "zero dark thirty" taking in $16 million. i think you might consider, if you are making a movie, jessica to be featured prominently. the "silver linings playbook" third with $11 million, and what spob arian nailed schwarzenegger's big come back movie was like, well, his political career, a big flop. the last stand debayeded in 10th place, $6 million. up next, taking a swing at the new high taxes, plus, mickelson
trying to say about wealth and financial success in america, and the obama bible. the president chooses symbolic scriptures from abraham lincoln and martin luther king. what's the message? boston university religion professor joining us here next with the answers. ♪ with the spark miles card from capital one, thor gets great rewards for his small business! your boa! [ garth ] thor's small business earns double miles on every purchase, every day! ahh, the new fabrics. put it on my spark card. ow. [ garth ] why settle for less? the spiked heels are working. wait! [ garth ] great businesses deserve great rewards. [ male announcer ] the spark business card from capital one. choose unlimited rewards with double miles
♪ lou: president obama taking the oath of office on 2 miles today, the first used by president abraham lincoln. the other belonged into martin luther king jr. my next guests is the choice of only underscores the presence legacy as the first black president but can be read the logical. joining us now, professor of american religion at boston university, author of the american bible, how our words unite, the high command and it is great to have you here. >> thank you for having me.
lou: your reaction to the rhetoric. i was talking about this earlier just a couple of experts, if i may. we have never relinquished, he said, our skepticism of central authority. if we could put this up to just show what we're reading. we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society's ills can be cured through government alone. he also -- i just found that stunning. first of all, who is it the things that government alone could solve our ills. our skepticism of central authority. he does not put any evidence. i was fascinated the way he used language in this. are you -- what are your reactions to the speech? >> i thought the speech, you know, i will probably disagree with you. at thought it was surprisingly conservative in the sense that it started the thomas jefferson that declaration.
martin nitpicking. i think that those two bibles, the choices of those were appropriate in the sense that he's trying to read as saying that is founded on the proposition that all men are created equal and extending to a race. moving beyond that to set their quality a proposition is what america's all about. women's rights and we have seen that at stonewall with gay-rights. lou: it was striking to me to see activists, the civil rights movement him he was the first one to take no of the many flaws that make up the american experience. he did not seize the opportunity to reach -- he was talking about religious and dissident his words. i could not find and embrace there for the entire country, his political opponents, nor the achievements or the men and
women upon whose shoulders he stands as the president of the united states. extraordinary historical journey to ignore that seems to be lacking a certain generosity of spirit. >> added nothing to ignore the history. i think she stood in a tradition in the united states that goes back to the puritans and runs through jefferson and lincoln and retain. the united states is never quite perfect. always trying to make things better. in keeping with our original principles. going back to the idea of the declaration and pac-10 our greatest president, the republican president, abraham lincoln. i think he was trying to channel lap and then push it forward into specific policies for today . lou: do you have a sense of the future that he envisions as a result of today's speech?
>> well, i think the speech today was really about equality. it was saying that lincoln was right when lincoln said that the united states is dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. that was a pretty radical thing that lincoln did. that was not something most americans thought that the constitution was written. as you know, we had slavery. lincoln read that as of forward-looking idea. lou: when he wrote that -- when he wrote that he was standing on the shoulders of those who had founded this nation and you had written the declaration. redneck constitution. equality was fundamental and mps book documents. that country's history, if i may say. professor, we appreciate you -- i'm sorry. very quickly. >> i was going to say, we always had this tension between
equality and liberty. i think the speech today was trying to push us in the equality direction. >> liberty. lou: professor, were going to have to bring you back and continue the conversation. much more on inauguration day. we talking with the "a-team" straight ahead. the hostage crisis in the middle of the sahara. more americans confirmed dead. details next. inauguration fiasco. wallow rapper escorted from the stage for bashing the president at his own party. we will tell you what he said. does president obama want to shed the divider and chief monicker over the next four years? the left tbilisi wants to?
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lou: confirming three americans were killed. the hostage crisis in algeria. the natural gas plant. several americans made it out safely. the algerian officials now say the 4-day siege ended with 38 hostages and 29 terrorist dead. five foreign workers remain unaccounted for. three terrorists are in house. custody. turning back to inaugural day, martin luther king day. played out his true agenda does trying the founding principles of this nation of limited government to meet what he called his leftist needs. joining us now, ben shapiro, editor of breitbart news, author of the book bullies, of the left culture of fear and intimidation silences america. good to have you with us.
understand prof prof throw is watching carefully to see what he could learn about your conservative perspective to his own use. welcome. >> thank you for having me. it was -- what an orwellian speech. talk about a reversal of every turn. liberty becomes collective action. absolutism as opposed to principal. everything that he said was basically turning american history and it said. and also learn things that i found educational. i women, gays kamal people, the disabled. and i'm also an ira of science. found out all those things today and yet president obama said that we are a united country. lou: we understand that programs are inadequate. if we could put this out to the audience. we understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time, we must
harness new ideas and technology to remake our government. that is what will give real meaning to our creed. in other words, the founding principles and values of the nation had no reality unless we make our government and apparently support some ideas and technology that are not even available right now. >> he hates the constitution. that's when it comes down to. we have to adapt founding principles to our changing times and needs. we must change. you know what, the constitution was written with an unchanging you of human nature in mind. the left believes it is the only thing that can change human nature on a fundamental level, corrective action. the constitution stands in the way of their grand plan to change human nature. that is why everything you hear coming out is about changing who we are as people. the tremendous reversal of all basic common sense. if you want to keep your own
money you're not a taker. if you are recipients of social security, medicare, or medicaid york with committing to the collective wealth. this completely turned language upside-down. president obama, our founding creed does not dictate that we agree on one liberty constitutes. actually, it does. that may be the only thing. if we weren't fighting for liberty against tyranny, what is the declaration of independence about? you rendered all of our founding documents meaningless. lou: i got to believe that we are going to see fallout from the speech because precisely the right -- rhetoric he employed. first of all, hollow and much meaningless signifying nothing to the expressions including the one that was just referenced on liberty. i believe there will be contesting sharply if you will, probably in its entirety by the national left when media.
i want to ask you one question here. cbs news political director. the president who came into office speaking in lofty terms about bipartisanship and cooperation can only submit his legacy if he destroys the gop. that's the cbs political director. they just hired connolly's a rice as a contributor, you know, one of the emblems, if you will, of the republican party. square all that up. >> harry republicans to have a history of attacking other republicans. that runs within the republican party. michael steele was on tv. republicans did not show up for this grand party. the news media understands this. the left news media. president obama's goal is to fundamentally remake the nation. what that requires is not by partisanship. completely destroying his
opposition to bully tactics by calling as racist, biggest, sexist, homophobic. that is with this news media, how could you possibly call that a bipartisan speech. you have to be so on the kool-aid. they're running of kool-aid. it seems and conservative. coming up tomorrow -- lou: by the way, we recommend the offer highly. be sure to go out and take a look. author of police. appear tomorrow, author, former federal prosecutor, forensic psychologist , fox news contributor psychiatrist dr. keith and i blow. ubs chief in business strategist among our guests. links to our facebook page, twitter, send us an e-mail. again, facebook, twitter, and
♪ lou: vice-president biden closing of his first term with another of his gaps, shall we say. hours before he was sworn in for a second term over the weekend the vice-president give himself a promotion at the iowa state society inaugural ball. >> proud to be president of the united states, but i am prouder to be -- [applause] lou: he picks up three quickly. to you think he's really going to run? it's a safe bet that rapper lupe
fiasco amply named will be performing at no more inaugural parties for this president. i know, there won't be any more. kicked off the state's last night after bashing the president's foreign policy. here is just a bit of what happened. ♪ lou: i thought that was a rather -- went on for more than 30 minutes. thirty minutes. what he said or how long he took to say it. lupe fiasco has made headlines before. not two years ago he called the present the biggest terrorist. is sort of makes you wonder why he was invited to begin with. i thought it was kind of a catchy tune. up next in a gas prices and the
national debt of nearly doubled. more than 20 million people remain out of work. what story? the "a-team" rejoins us or, if you will, an analysis of this administration first and second term prospects. monica crowley, michael goodwin, judith miller are back. stay with us. [ male announcer ] you are a business pro. executor of efficiency. you can spot an amateur from a mile away... while going shoeless and metal-free in seconds. and you...rent from national. because only national lets you choo any car in the aisle...and go. you can even take a full-size or above, and still pay the mid-size price. now this...will work. [ ale announcer ] just like you, business pro. just like you. go naonal. go like a pro.
♪ lou: well, i hate to break up the inaugural party with the fact that we realized that a number of americans have died along with a number of others in that hostage siege in algeria. we are back. monica crowley is here, as is judith miller and michael goodwin. i want to start with you. this is another raw, open wound
on this administration's performance in foreign policy. we know little. we have a recent broadcast. katie mcfarland, our colleague said point-blank, the failure of this administration to respond to benghazi will result in another hit, and it is surely coming, and it did. your thoughts? >> i think that the algerians, even though we are taking a lot of criticism right now for what they did, absolutely right thing because it seems to me that people who strapped explosives to hostages and make it clear that there are there to teach them about islam do not have any intention of negotiating. lou: i will go farther, if i may. i will go further than this and say that the algerian government was so right not to talk to either the british were the american government before handling this situation because
they knew what they would suggest, which they were doing relentlessly, apparently, saying don't do anything, basically. perform the only act the car that was rational given the circumstances. >> you can go back to benghazi, and we have done nothing. and our ambassador is killed in our embassy facilities is overrun and three other americans killed, the sense that there is no price to pay for taking american life, very dangerous message to be sent. the algerians suddenly sent a very different message, but i work long term, more worried about the message this of ministration is sending because if there is no price to be paid for taking an american life than i think we're going to have more live taken. lou: how about the more than 4,000 lives lost, more than 2,000 lives lost in afghanistan and withdraw from both of those places, both of those theaters
>> this is a test lou: we are back with you. the idea that we are leaving iraq and afghanistan effectively on a shortened schedule and one that is a significant accomplishment and determinate resolution. the impact on the middle east and asia to it is sending two signals. michael pointed to one, which is benghazi. that is the immediate incident in front of us. no american retaliatory response whatsoever. i than they see the broader
retrenchment, which he pointed to, iraq and afghanistan and the middle east. they are emboldened not see immediate action against americans. taking americans hostage, killing the u.s. ambassador. there also will emboldened and iran with nuclear weapons. they are emboldened and the taliban is emboldened in afghanistan and pakistan. we are back to square one. we are back to a well-known as this mentality. >> we will therefore attract more aggression and not last and this president is strong because he has mentioned climate change and he was going to do something about that. i just don't know what